"perfect Chocolate Cake" Mccall's Cooking School

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Recipe by Marcea Pfarner

My Grandmother use to make this every Christmases, some the recipe got out of her book never to be seen again!! Finally found it! Makes a truly wonderful chocolate cake

Top Review by cbc14447

I misplaced the recipe binder (I think I loaned it to someone) that I had this recipe in, and was very disappointed I could no find it. I was elated to find the recipe on your site. I have made this cake annually since my son was a little boy, it is a family favorite birthday cake. I have made it many, many times over the last 30 years and each time it turns out perfectly and tastes like food for the gods. .

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth.
  2. Cool completely.
  3. Sift flour with soda, salt and baking powder.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Grease well and lightly flour three 9 by 1 1/2 inch layer-cake pans.
  6. In large bowl of electric mixer, at high speed, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, scraping bowl occasionally until light-about 5 minutes.
  7. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
  8. Divide evenly into pans;smooth top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until surface springs back when gently pressed with fingertip.
  9. Cool in pans 10 minutes.
  10. Carefully loosen sides with spatula; 4. Remove from pans; cool on racks.
  11. Frosting: In medium saucepan, combine chocolate pieces,cream, butter;stir over medium heat until smooth.
  12. Remove from heat.
  13. With whisk, blend in 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar.
  14. In bowl set over ice(I use ice cubes) beat until it holds shape.
  15. 18. Filling: whip cream with sugar and vanilla;refrigerate.
  16. To assemble cake: On plate place a layer, top side down;spread with half of cream.
  17. Place second layer, top side down;spread with rest of cream.
  18. Place third layer, top side up. To frost: With spatula, frost sides first,covering whipped cream;use rest of frosting on top, swirling decoratively.
  19. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  20. To cut, use a thin-edged sharp knife;slice with a sawing motion.
  21. And forget the swirls.
  22. I think it looks gourmet just to spread the frosting.
  23. It dries really dark and looks cool.
  24. Somethimes I just drag a sharp knife across the top in lines and sometimes I leave it as it is. From McCall's Cooking School.

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